Swarup Dandapat

Swarup Dandapat was born in India in 1974. Graduate of the Government University of fine arts and crafts of Calcutta, class of 1999, he defines himself ‘as a professional artist’. Watercolour is his preferred medium but he also expresses himself through oil painting (on canvas) or the technique of charcoal sketching (on paper). His style ranges from contemporary realism to sometimes addressing, in his own words, “the limits of magical realism, in order to better explore the eternal mystery of the human being”. His favourite subjects are nature, the life of the city and the human forms that come out of it, cities that are full of life and always on the move. “I recreate in my paintings the nuances of day-to- day life, not always as they appear but as I see them through the lens of my mind. They celebrate the rhythmic impulse of the heart of a city that never sleeps or stops.” His works were exhibited at the International Festival of Watercolour, which took place in February 2018 in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Parallel to this, he pursued a career as a teacher. A visiting professor at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad (NID, State of Gujarat) and a consultant for many design institutes, he runs drawing workshops every year for undergrad and post-graduate students. He has also worked as a graphic designer in major Indian media (APB News and Times of India), multinationals (Capgemini) and international companies like Thomson Reuters.